Big Bus London hop-on hop-off open top tours

Exclusive discount on this site for multiple day trips on open top double deck London sightseeing bus


Big Bus London Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Hop-on hop-off: use Big Bus London to see London's major sights

Big Bus London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour

The Big Bus London hop-on hop-off service is one of the three London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours operating in London.

Big Bus offer discounted tickets if you buy in advance on-line.


Big Bus London- what included in your ticket:

  • Unlimited travel for 1,2 or 3 calendar days on the Big Bus sightseeing bus network that visits all major attractions in Central London plus walking tours and river cruise


  • Discount for buying tickets in advance on-line from the official web site plus money saving Big Bus plus major attraction combination tickets


  • 4 high frequency daily open top sightseeing routes that feature live, English speaking guides and/or pre-recorded commentary in 12 languages.


  • A short river cruise on the River Thames to see major sights from a different perspective.


  • A guided walking tour covering hidden parts of London the bus cannot reach.


Big Bus London Tour Tickets


The full Big Bus London deal

Big Bus tickets

These are three ticket types: Classic, Premium and Deluxe which are for 1, 2 or 3 calendar days respectively.

All three ticket types cover unlimited use of all of the Big Bus open top sightseeing buses and you can join a choice of walking tours and board the river cruise once during the validity of the ticket.


The advance purchase discounted tickets are valid for six months, you are not committed to a particular day of travel until you board the first bus.


The multi-day tickets are contiguous. So, if you buy a 3 day ticket, the ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days from the day you activate the ticket.


Big Bus advance discounted tickets - how it works

Although you can buy tickets on the day from staff at the bus stops or from hotel concierges and visitor centres you can save yourself 10% by purchasing from the Big Bus official web site (see banner link above.)

 

You pay for your tickets on the web site in advance to receive your 10% Big Bus discount.

The payment is by credit/debit card at the time of purchase.

You can either have the tickets e-mailed to you or sent by SMS to your mobile phone.

 

The ticket you receive is valid for six months from the day of payment.

On the day you want to use the ticket you walk up to any Big Bus bus stop with your printed tickets or mobile phone containing the SMS tickets.


On boarding the bus or with the Big Bus representative at the bus stop you exchange your paper/SMS ticket for your Big Bus tickets that start on that calendar day.

Note, Big Bus tickets are for calendar days so if you exchange a 1 day ticket at 2 p.m. it expires that evening, not 2 p.m. the next day.

 

Save money with Big Bus London

Big Bus London Tour Exclusive 10% discount code

As well as the 10% discount for buying on-line from the Big Bus official web site, there are other ways you can stretch your sightseeing budget with Big Bus.


Big Bus + attraction combination tickets

You can save money during the ticket ordering process by purchasing tickets to major attractions like the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.

As well as saving money, the really popular attractions in London like these two have very long waiting lines so this option can save you time as well as money.


Winter hop on hop off sightseeing tour promotions

In the winter months, November to March, historically all three London hop on hop off sightseeing services have offered a very good promotion along the lines of an extra day free or 2 days for the price of 1.

It is not guaranteed to happen, but as soon as one company starts offering this promotion the others follow suit.

So, if you are travelling outside the peak summer months, keep your eyes open for this promotion.


Golden Tours and Big Bus included in the London Pass

London Pass Sightseeing Information

The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main sightseeing attractions. You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 day durations.


The London Pass gives you entry into more than 60 London tourist attractions and a river cruise on the River Thames.

 

The London Pass also now includes use of either Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus for one calendar day, whatever the duration of the London Pass.


Key points of the London Pass HoHo bus offer

  • You can choose to ride on the Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for one calendar day. Original London Tour is not covered.

  • The HoHo bus offer is for one calendar day not for 24 hours.

  • Most people use the HoHo facility on the first day of their London Pass, but there is nothing stopping using it on another day when the London Pass is valid.

  • The HoHo bus offer with London Pass doesn't include the walking tours and river cruises included in the standard tickets issued by the HoHo companies concerned, only the bus tour.

  • You show your London Pass to the driver or tour guide of the first bus you board. They will scan your London Pass and issue you with a separate ticket for the bus company concerned valid for the rest of the day. You cannot switch to the other bus company once you have made your first journey.

London Pass more details


Big Bus London Tour Tickets


Big Bus Tour routes and buses

With over 45 stops across 4 different routes, you'll have plenty of opportunities to hop off the bus and explore the London landmarks and attractions that appeal to you most.


With some seasonal variations the routes start up around 8.10am and runs down to 5pm. Do factor in that the main routes take around 2.5 hours to complete, often longer.


On the red route you'll enjoy live, English-speaking guides as well as informative digital commentary, available in 12 languages and broadcast via complimentary headphones. On other routes just the audio guides are made available.


The audio commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.


In common with all hop on sightseeing buses there is no evening service included in the standard ticket. Although in the summer months a rudimentary night service may run, this is ticketed separately.


Note, route changes happen relatively frequently and there are always events in London (especially Sundays) where roads are closed that impact on the operation of all the tours.

So do check the Big Bus web site just prior to travelling which will highlight known issues in advance.


There is free Wi-Fi across the entire fleet of Big Bus London.


Free river cruise with City Cruises

Enjoy a complimentary river cruise included in your Big Bus London ticket.

 

City Cruises offers customers of Big Bus London a free cruise on the River Thames.


The cruise includes live commentary and enables you to see London and its attractions from a different perspective. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern art gallery are some highlights that line the riverside. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye) and Tower of London.


The River Cruise between Westminster Pier (Big Ben) and the Tower of London departure times vary, but are about every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter.


City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Daily walking tour

Your Big Bus London Sightseeing Tour includes a daily walking tour. The walks are led by a friendly Big Bus guide.

 

Walk in the footsteps of the British Royal Family and the politicians of today and yesteryear as you journey past many of London’s most exciting Royal and political addresses.

 

Wind from Trafalgar Square among the smart addresses of Carlton Gardens before arriving at the majesty of the Mall and St James’s Park, ending under the archway of Horseguard’s Parade to Whitehall.

 

The tour is guided in English and departs at 10.30am every day from Trafalgar Square (stop 6 – red and blue routes) and will last approximately 1.5 hours. You will have the opportunity to see the spectacle of the Changing of the Guards on the days when it takes place.

 

Big Bus London Tour Tickets

Big Bus v Original London Tour v Golden Tours

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

There are three London hop on hop off sightseeing buses all offering a very similar product in very similar buses.

However, there are differences beyond small differences in price.


In terms of London coverage all three HoHo sightseeing bus operations visit the same areas and all the main London attractions.


There is some difference in ticketing, some have their standard ticket on calendar days, some on 24 hour blocks.

One operator operates a one lap of the main sightseeing route product with no hop-on, hop-off facility for those who just want to get orientated with London, its layout and main sights.


There are differences in the walking tours offered, and two different river cruise operators are used.

Outside the core bus routes, each operator has their own unique differences which may sway one operator over another. Click through on the banner for a thorough discussion on the differences between companies.


Tour

Online advance ticket price adult (child)

1 day‡
Bus only

24 hrs
or 1 day

48 hrs
or 2 days

72 hrs
or 3 days

Original Tour

£25.00
(£12.50)

£30.50*
(£14.25)

£40.00*
(£19.00)

£50.00*
(£23.50)

Big Bus

n/a

£33.30†
(£17.10)

£39.60†
(£19.80)

£45.00†
(£22.50)

Golden Tours

£28.00
(£14.00)

£32.00*
(£16.00)

£37.00*
(£18.00)

£45.00*
(£24.00)